Monday, November 28, 2011

The Gospel Has Words

Have you ever heard the quote: "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words"?

The saying is often attributed to St. Francis Assisi.  It basically argues the idea that Christians spend too much time talking about Jesus and not living like Him, which has its merits to be sure, but one of the things Jesus did during His time on Earth is proclaim the kingdom of God--out loud, with words, using his mouth, talking to people.  He did not pull His punches.  He was not politically correct; in fact, He was deeply offensive, so much so that those who disagreed with Him killed Him.

And just to be clear, St. Francis Assisi probably didn't author the quote above, and if he did, he certainly didn't mean that Christians ought to solely use their "silent testimony" and never share the Gospel out loud lest they offend someone.  How do we know? 

We know because St. Francis Assisi was a fiery preacher that condemned sin and preached the Gospel.  He said crazy things like “repent, performing worthy fruits of penance, because we shall soon die . . . Blessed are those who die in repentance for they shall be in the kingdom of heaven. Woe to those who do not die in repentance, for they shall be children of the devil whose works they do and they shall go into everlasting fire."  And then he sent his followers out as missionaries to proclaim this message, not really a silent, “look at my actions” thing to do.

And most importantly, let’s not forget that the Gospel is good news.  Unless you’re a mime, how do you share news without using words to communicate it?  And without the good news of Jesus Christ, how can anyone be saved?

So, pursue social justice: feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and champion the powerless; live out your faith: flee from sin, love your neighbor as yourself, pray for the sick, and obey the commandments; but don’t do it with your mouth shut: preach the Gospel, proclaim the kingdom of God, and give glory to God for any good that comes out of your life because He is worthy!

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14)

Friday, November 18, 2011

How Many Times Must You Forgive Your Family?

Norman Rockwell - "Thanksgiving"
Public Domain

Once Peter asked “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” (Matthew 18:21

I’ve often wondered if Peter was using the word “brother” in the same we do about our brothers and sisters in Christ or not.  I mean they hadn’t really figured out the Gospel at this point, so who knows if they were calling their fellow believers “brother and sister” yet. 

Instead, what if Andrew, Peter’s brother, was standing right there . . .

Continue reading this article at Proverbs and Wisdom.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What Are Your Needs?

How’s life going for you these days?  Do you have enough food? Clothes?  Do you feel well?  Are you struggling to make ends meet?  There are necessities in life we all have worried about at one point in time or another in our life, but Jesus makes it clear that His followers ought not worry about such things:

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. (Matthew 6:25a)

Why?  It’s because we don’t really “need” those things.  Jesus and others fasted from food for months and lived.  (Matthew 4)  God told Isaiah to go naked for 3 years as a sign. (Isaiah 20:2-6)  Paul had to live with a thorn in the flesh rather than be healed/delivered from it. (1 Corinthians 12:7)  And when Jesus needed money, He just got it out of a fish’s mouth.  (Matthew 17:27)

The point is that none of these are necessities of life.  Jesus goes on to say, “Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25b)

There is only one thing in this life that we can’t live without, and His name is Jesus.  When you feel like you're lacking the necessities in life, don’t ask for food, clothes, finances, or even healing; ask for more of Jesus.  Seek His face first in all things.  He is the answer to all these other issues anyway.

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:33-34)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Who Owns Your Stuff?

When I first came to Christ, all I really had to my name was a car, a laptop, and some clothes.  The clothes got too big because I didn’t have much money for food, and the laptop’s hard drive went out because it was old and cheap.  My car . . . well my car had its moments. 

I remember several times sitting in a parking lot turning the key again and again, my heart sinking as the engine puttered and wouldn’t start.  In those moments, I would pause and pray a simple prayer: “God, this is Your car, and all the money I have is Your money.  If You want to spend Your money fixing Your car, that’s fine with me.”

Then I would turn the key one more time, and amazingly the car would start right up and run just fine.

On the flip side of that coin, I really meant it when I said all the money I have is God’s, and I’ve never presumed to tell God what He ought to do with it.  A lot of times it really hurt to give.  One time He asked me to give all the money I had in my account to a missionary.  It meant I probably wouldn’t be eating for the rest of the month, but I did it.  The next day I got a check in the mail from someone I hadn’t talked to in years for the exact amount I had given the night before.

Even now, my family spends our money as God leads rather than by our own financial security, though we have a lot more than when I started this journey five years ago.  I still trust God implicitly to provide for our needs, and you can too.


It’s simple really: "Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.”  (Deuteronomy 10:14

There’s nothing in this Earth that belongs to anyone but God.  There are good stewards, poor stewards, righteous stewards, and wicked stewards, but there is no such thing as private property in the kingdom of God.  It’s God’s property, every last bit of it.  From the smallest atom, to the grandest galaxy, everything is the Lord’s.

So, how do you think God would have you use His house that you live in, His car that you drive, His money you put in the bank and investments, His food you keep in the cupboards, His clothes you’ve hung in the closet, or His days that He’s appointed for your life? 

Before you answer that, I invite you to pray that He would lead you in your stewardship of His stuff, so He might have all the glory and honor. “For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Genealogy of Christ (Luke)

So, I took over the college class at our church this week on a permanent basis, and we’re going through the book of Matthew, starting with chapter one, which includes the genealogy of Christ and the record of the virgin birth.  I’ve covered both these topics in these pages in the past: Why a Virgin Birth? And  The Genealogy of Christ (Matthew).  

You’ll recall that in the genealogy post, I showed that if you look at the meanings of the names in the genealogy, they spell out an amazing message about Jesus.  For example, Adam’s name means “man”; his son’s name means “appointed”, and his son’s name means “mortal”, and his son’s name means “sorrow”.  So you have the message: “man appointed mortal sorrow” in the first four names of the genealogy.

Well, for class this week, I took the time to look up the names listed in Luke as well since Luke looks at Mary’s line back to David via his son Nathan rather than Solomon.  For today’s post, I present the meanings of the names in the genealogy from Luke and the message they share about Christ:

Man is appointed mortal sorrow, but the Blessed of God will come down teaching that his death shall bring the despairing rest and comfort.

He will be a renowned healer, possessing a mission that joins division. God’s shepherd will twine the branches, through the exhalation of His spirit. The father of a great multitude laughs; he prevails with God through the praise of the Lord breaching divisions.

Rise up; my people are liberated by a helper that rewards a servant with strength, a gift well beloved, a gift of God. His gift is a reward supplying the resurrection of God from a dove.  The increase of the praise of the Lord that is heard is associated with His gifts.  He that exalts the Lord in the court of my God has the salvation of God. 

The watchman’s garment adorns my king, my light lent of God dispersing confusion by His will.  By grace praises increase in hearing and obeying the gift of the Lord. One who fears light is separated from the comforter, the weighty gift of the Lord.  With the increase of affliction for the king, and those associated with him, the gift ascends increasing salvation.

God is pretty amazing I think!  Below I've included a list of the genealogy with the names and their meanings:

Genealogy from Adam to Jesus W/Meanings

Adam = Man

Seth = Appointed

Enos = Mortal

Cainan = Sorrow

Maleleel = The Blessed of God

Jared = To Come Down

Enoch = Teaching

Methuselah = His Death Shall Bring

Lamech = Despair

Noah = Rest and Comfort

Shem = Renown

Arphaxad = Healer

Cainan = To Possess

Sala = A mission

Heber = joins

Phalec = division

Reu = his shepherd

Serug = twining branch

Nahor = exhale

Terah = dove or spirit

Abram = (changed to Abraham) father of a great multitude

Isaac = Laughter

Jacob = (changed to Israel) one who prevails with God

Judah = the praise of the Lord

Phares = to breach

Esrom = divisions

Aram = Rise up

Aminadab = my people is liberated

Naasson = a helper

Salmon = he that rewards

Boaz = a servant

Obed = in strength

David = well-beloved

Nathan – Gift of God

Mattatha – his gift

Menna – rewarded

Melea – supplying

Eliakim – resurrection of God

Jonam – a dove

Joseph – increase

Judah – praise of the Lord

Simeon – hears and obeys

Levi – associated with him

Matthat – gifts

Jorim – he that exalts the Lord

Eliezer – court of my God

Joshua – salvation of God

Er – watchman

Elmadam – the God of measure or of the garment

Cosam – divining

Addi -  adorned

Melki – my king

Neri – my light

Shealtiel – asked/lent of God

Zerubbabel – dispersion confusion

Rhesa – will

Joanan – grace

Joda – praised

Josech – increase

Semein – hearing/obeying

Mattathias – the gift of the Lord

Maath – fearing

Naggai – light

Esli – he who separates

Nahum – comforter

Amos – weighty

Mattathias – the gift of the Lord

Joseph – increase

Jannai – afflicted

Melki – my king

Levi – associated with him

Matthat – gifts

Heli – ascending

Joseph – increasing

Jesus – Salvation

Friday, November 11, 2011

8 Ways to Be a True Friend

In the world of Facebook and Twitter, we have a lot of “friends” these days, but what does friendship really mean?

This life would be a lonely road if it weren’t for friends.  They bring us joy, comfort, love, and more, and I imagine you would be hard pressed to find someone who could honestly say they didn’t want a true friend in their life.

In fact we have a lot of ideas about what a friend ought to be like, which usually gets boiled down to something selfish like “they’ll always be there for me when I need them,” but have you ever heard anyone say something like, “I’d really like a friend who needs me even when it’s inconvenient.”  That’s why Jesus says the second greatest commandment is to love others as we love ourselves because otherwise we could never truly know friendship as God designed it.

With all that in mind, you can find 8 Ways to Be a True Friend straight from scripture in this week's Proverbs and Wisdom post.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christian Immigration Issues

This weekend I crossed the border into Mexico for a weekend mission’s trip, helping a church plant paint their new church.  Things are not great in Mexico right now, with the drug wars, kidnappings, and murders, but when you go where God leads and do the work He calls you to do, you also have to put yourself in His hands and trust that live or die, He’s in control. 

Everything went fine though.  I saw some soldiers patrolling but that was about it, until the ride back.  While we waited in line on the bridge, we saw a group of young men swim across the Rio Grande to the U.S.  They crawled out of the water and scurried over to and under the fence, looking all around to make sure no one could see them, which was somewhat funny since they were in full view of hundreds of people on the bridge who were all pointing at them and talking animatedly.

We guessed that they got spooked or were drug couriers because they came running back without the bags they were carrying and swam back across the river to Mexico.

There’s a lot of debate going on in the U.S. about illegal immigration, and watching the scene unfold below me didn’t really sway me one way or the other, but it did get me thinking about another kind of immigration.

As Christians, we’re immigrating to a new country in eternity because as soon as we believe on and follow Christ we’re naturalized as heavenly citizens. 

Philippians 3:20 says, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”

But our heavenly homeland doesn’t have illegal immigration.  No one can just swim across the clouds and slip under the pearly gates.  No one can apply for a visa or vacation there and then leave.  You’re either a citizen or your not, and if you’re not, there’s no hope for gaining access.

And there’s only one way to become a citizen: Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.  Truly, truly, I say to you, . . . I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 14:6 & 10:7,9)

Naturalization as a heavenly citizen starts and ends with Jesus.  And He ask that we repent Matthew 4:17, stop sinning (John 8:11), and follow Him by loving God with everything we have and loving others as ourselves (Matthew 22:37).

Therefore, as a citizen of heaven and an ambassador for Christ, I beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

And working together with Him, I also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain—for He says, "at the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you."  Today is "the acceptable time," and now is your “day of salvation!” *

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Tehran Initiative

If you’ve been reading the headlines this week, you know that Iran and Israel are on the brink of war.  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is posturing for a first strike on Iran’s nuclear sites, and evidence is pointing toward an Iranian backed assassination plan on U.S. soil.  Yet the Obama administration has sent envoys to Israel to strong-arm Israel into not hitting Iran.

The Arab spring has toppled governments throughout the Middle East in favor of anarchy. And through it all at the last UN council in New York City, Iranian President Ahmadinejad all but promised to use Iran’s nuclear weapons as soon as they’re ready to wipe the Zionists and America off the face of the map to hasten the return of the Islamic Mahdi, who is prophesied to emerge out of chaos.

While I read these headlines and stories, I couldn’t help but feel an eerie sense of déjà vu.  My wife and I read Joel Rosenberg’s The Tehran Initiative a couple of months ago when I received a copy from the publisher for review.  Today is the day I’m scheduled to post it, but it was really hard not to do it sooner with everything going on in the world right now.

Nearly every one of these scenarios listed above was discussed in the book before they even happened.  I’ve been reading Rosenberg for a while now, so I’m not surprised, but it’s still kind of scary how close he is to predicting the future.  Things don’t happen exactly how he writes them in his fiction, but they’re darn close. It’s no wonder he’s been called a modern day Nostradamus.

Anyway, the The Tehran Initiative is the second novel in a series about a CIA operative named David Shirazi who is undercover in Iran trying to uncover information about Iran’s nuclear weapons.   Meantime an ominous figure claiming to be the Twelfth Imam or mahdi has risen to power and is quickly building an Islamic caliphate.  

In addition to having his finger on the pulse of international politics, Rosenberg is an excellent writer.  His political thrillers never cease to satisfy.  He’s kind of like a Christian Tom Clancy.

All that said, the only negative thing I can come up with about this book is that you can’t start with it.  If you’re interested in reading it, you’ll have to start with the first book in the series, The Twelfth Imam, and I highly recommend you do.
You can also read an interview with the author below:

An interview with Joel C. Rosenberg
Author of The Tehran Initiative 

1) This is the second book with CIA operative David Shirazi. Where does the story pick up from your previous bestseller The Twelfth Imam? 

 A: The Tehran Initiative begins about sixty seconds after The Twelfth Imam leaves off. I’ve tried to create a near seamless connection between the two. And there’s another book coming, The Damascus Countdown.

 2) You started writing The Tehran Initiative when the Arab Spring began earlier this year. Did events impact your writing or the storyline? 

 A: Actually, I was well into writing The Tehran Initiative when the “Arab Spring” began and it was a little eerie because the novel opens with the assassination of the President Egypt and Egypt descending into chaos after the leader’s fall. Fortunately, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak wasn’t killed, but he certainly fell quickly and somewhat unexpectedly and Egypt is still reeling from the aftermath. The novel really focuses a great deal on the intense desire amongst many Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa to build a global Islamic empire, or a “caliphate.” And that’s certainly a growing theme among the Islamists in the region this year. Perhaps what struck me most curious since the publication of The Twelfth Imam and while I was researching and writing The Tehran Initiative is that the so-called Supreme Leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has began speaking more publicly about the coming of the Twelfth Imam. He used to be silent, or nearly so, on this subject. He let President Ahmadinejad do all the public talking about Shia End Times theology. But Khamenei has become more bold over the past year or so. He has told people that he has met personally with the Twelfth Imam, though we don’t know what he meant. Did he meet with a flesh and blood person? Did he see a dream? Or a vision? We don’t know. But Khamenei has also asserted that he is the personal representative on earth of the Twelfth Imam, as well as the so-called Prophet Muhammad. These developments – along with his support for Iran’s aggressive nuclear development program – suggest Khamenei senses the time is very short before some claiming to be the Twelfth Imam emerges publicly. In part, that’s why the Iranian government released the pseudo-documentary film in early 2011 called, “The Coming Is Near,” about all the geopolitical signs that they believe are indicators that the Mahdi’s arrival is increasingly close at hand. Whether it will really happen or not remains to be seen. But the Iranian leadership is certainly convinced. Most of them, anyway. And, of course, the Bible tells us in Matthew chapter twenty- four to expect false prophets and false messiahs in the last days. So we can’t rule out the possibility that we’ll actually as false messiah emerge from the Shia world.

 3) You’ve earned a reputation of writing stories that seemed ripped from tomorrow’s headlines. What is going on in The Tehran Initiative that we can see unfolding in the news? 

 A: I think the biggest parallel between The Tehran Initiative and current events is the growing sense amongst Shia Muslim leaders – particularly in Iran – that the Twelfth Imam is coming any moment, coupled with Iran’s feverish efforts to build nuclear weapons, and the Israelis’ growing isolation in the world and feeling that they may have to hit Iran all by themselves. Did you see Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s apocalyptic address at the U.N. in September, or read the full text? You should. It’s instructive. Ahmadinejad is not a world leader worthy of the world stage. He is the evil leader of an Iranian death cult.

A recent U.N. report indicates he is making progress in building nuclear weapons. He is calling for the arrival of the Twelfth Imam and wiping Israel “off the map.” He aspires to be a mass murderer beyond the scale of Adolf Hitler. He deserves to be in prison, or an insane asylum. His U.N. speech was further proof, if more was needed. Like Hitler’s speeches in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, Ahmadinejad isn’t hiding what he believes. He’s pretty clear. He denied the Holocaust. He blasted the U.S. for bringing Osama Bin Laden to justice. He blamed the terrorist attacks 9/11 on the U.S. government. He insisted that his so-called messiah known as “Imam al-Mahdi” or the Twelfth Imam is coming soon. He insisted Jesus Christ will come with the Mahdi to take over the world. He called for a one-world government when he called for “the shared and collective management of the world.”

 Consider these excerpts: “This movement is certainly on its rightful path of creation, ensuring a promising future for humanity. A future that will be built when humanity initiates to trend the path of the divine prophets and the righteous under the leadership of Imam al-Mahdi, the Ultimate Savior of mankind and the inheritor to all divine messengers and leaders and to the pure generation of our great Prophet. The creation of a supreme and ideal society with the arrival of a perfect human being who is a true and sincere lover of all human beings, is the guaranteed promise of Allah. He will come alongside with Jesus Christ to lead the freedom and justice lovers to eradicate tyranny and discrimination, and promote knowledge, peace, justice freedom and love across the world. He will present to every single individual all the beauties of the world and all good things which bring happiness for humankind.”

 Though most world leaders do not appear to understand what Ahmadinejad is really saying, students of Shia Islamic eschatology or End Times theology do. The Iranian leader believes the end of the world as we have known it is increasingly close at hand. He believes the time for establishing an Islamic caliphate or global government ruled by the Mahdi is rapidly approaching.

What’s more, he believes that the way to hasten the coming of the Twelfth Imam is to acquire nuclear weapons and use them to annihilate the United States, which he calls the “Great Satan” and Israel, which he calls the “Little Satan.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu understands what Ahmadinejad means. So do some of his top military advisors. That’s why they believe Iran is in the eye of a gathering storm in the Middle East, and that the chance of a major war is growing. “Iran has not abandoned its nuclear program. The opposite is true; it continues full steam ahead,” warned Israeli Defense Forces Home Front Command Chief Major General Eyal Eisenberg in a speech earlier this month. Also noting recent uprisings in the Arab world and growing tensions with Turkey, Eisenberg said, “This leads us to the conclusion that…the likelihood of an all-out war is increasingly growing.” To me, all this feels ripped from the pages of The Tehran Initiative. Unfortunately, it’s all true.

 4) Readers seem to get very attached to your characters. What goes into creating the characters in your novels? 

 A: It’s the Colonel’s secret recipe of seven herbs and spices. I could tell you, but then I’d have to….well, never mind….no comment to that one.

 5) What experiences in your real life do you draw from to piece together these novels that incorporate geo-politics, espionage, romance, and Bible prophecy?

 A: Someone once told me, “Write where you live in your head.” For some reason, that advice resonated with me and stuck. I’m fascinated with politics, prophecy and the Middle East. Living in Washington, D.C. and working in and around the political world for the past two decades has certainly helped provide context for me to write political thrillers. I think traveling extensively throughout the Middle East and North Africa has been helpful, too. Somehow, it’s all worked together in a way some people find as interesting as I do.

 6) You often incorporate Old Testament prophecy in your books. What scriptures do you draw from for this book and why? 

 A: There’s no question that I am absolutely intrigued by Bible prophecy, and I like to start with an End Times prophecy – or a group of last days prophecies – and ask, “What if these were to happen in my lifetime? What would it look like? What would it feel like? How might such prophecies realistically be set into motion, and what might be the implications of their fulfillment?” That’s how I approach writing these books. But I don’t think of it like writing a fantasy novel or science fiction. I’m genuinely trying to imagine how it could really play out? I’m not saying these prophecies will necessarily come to pass the way I envision them, but they are interest to war game and see what happens. And given what’s happening in the real world today, I think readers are as curious as I am, and somehow my plots don’t feel that far-fetched.

 7) You’ve been successful with your non-fiction books Epicenter and Inside the Revolution and you have a large following reading your analysis of Middle East events on your blog and e-newsletter “Flash Traffic.” Why do you continue to choose writing novels about the Middle East? 

 A: What could be more interesting? Presidents and presidential candidates constantly focus on the Middle East. Prime Ministers do. Kings do. Generals do. The media does. The economists do. The fact is, the eyes of the nations are riveted on Israel and her neighbors, the epicenter of the momentous events that are shaking our world and shaping our future. The stakes are very high. There is lots of uncertainty. It’s mysterious and dangerous and complex – it has all the elements of riveting political thrillers. And the Bible says the Middle East will become even more dramatic until the very return of Jesus Christ. Why write about anything else?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thirsty Camels Point to Perfect Spouses

A camel can drink somewhere between 20-50 gallons of water in one sitting.  Pause and think about that for a second.  That’s between 360 – 500 glasses of water all at once. 

And at this point I’m sure you're wondering why I’m giving you a lesson in camel hydration.  The reason has to do with showing how to find the perfect spouse.

Let’s start with the story of Rebekah at the well, you can find it in Genesis 24.  But I’ll summarize it for you. 

Abraham is getting on in years, and he doesn’t want Isaac to marry a Canaanite woman, so he sends his eldest servant to find a wife among Abraham’s own people.  The servant heads out with ten camels packed up with loads of gifts for the potential bride and her family.

The servant doesn’t want to disappoint, so he prays to God for help.  He says, “ "O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham. Behold, I am standing by the well, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; now may it be that the girl to whom I say, 'Please let down your jar so that I may drink,' and who answers, 'Drink, and I will water your camels also'—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master." (Genesis 24:12-14)

Out walks Rebekah, and the servant goes through his spiel, and she gives the servant water and offers to water his camels, and so ultimately she marries Isaac.

Let’s review.  The servant asks God to bring a woman who will offer water to his TEN camels.  One camel drinks 20-50 gallons of water in one sitting, so TEN camels drink between 200 – 500 gallons of water in one setting.  

Rebekah was drawing water from a well, which could have been between 20 and 80 feet deep.  Archeological discoveries suggest the pots they used to draw from the well in those days held somewhere around 4 gallons of water.  That’s upwards of 120 draws from the well, not counting giving the servant some and drawing for her family.   

We’re talking about hours of exhaustive work here. What kind of woman in her right mind would offer such a thing to a stranger without God’s prodding?

Now I’ve heard some say that God doesn’t care who you marry as long as you have a godly marriage after the fact, to which I always respond, “Really? Have you asked Him?”  Rebekah and Isaac had their issues in marriage, especially when it came to their kids, but you’ll notice they had something that few other patriarchs did: a monogamous relationship.  Isaac did not take multiple wives.  Why?  Because God made it very clear who was the “one”.  And they were both satisfied with that.

If you’re single, and you want a good marriage without many of the issues that plague marriages even in Christian environments, ask God to choose your spouse, and then ask Him to confirm it in a crazy, only God can do it, sort of way.  I can speak from experience that this is the best path to take.  My wife and I have a crazy, God-filled story, and maybe someday I’ll share it in these pages.


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